Nom nom paleo kalua pig

Whole30 Day 5: Kalua Pig

nom nom paleo kalua pig

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig pulled pork (Dr Poon / Paleo / Primal / Low Carb)

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Know why? This journey can take a few weeks, so the ride may be bumpy, but the destination will soon be in sight. Time to bust out your Instant Pot or slow cooker and make one of my favorite emergency proteins: Kalua Pig! All you need is a big pork roast, a few slices of Wholecompliant bacon, Hawaiian sea salt, and either a slow cooker or an Instant Pot. With a slow cooker, the keys to this recipe are patience and ingredient quality. Making my Kalua Pig in a slow cooker will fill your kitchen for endless hours with the tantalizing smell of deliciously succulent pork, so you might need to handcuff yourself to a chair to keep from diving in before the dish is ready.

Crack the eggs into a bowl, and season with a pinch of salt. Go easy with the salt—the Slow Cooker Kalua Pig and prosciutto are already seasoned, remember? Heat the ghee in a small cast iron skillet over high heat, and tear the prosciutto slices if using into medium-sized pieces. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring to ensure even cooking. Pop the yolks with your spatula. Cook for a minute or so until the egg sets and the edges turn golden brown. Looking for more recipe ideas?

The perfume of slowly simmering pork never fails to drive me bonkers. A few weeks ago, I started hearing from readers about how they successfully cooked kalua pig in their Instant Pot or pressure cooker, and my ears immediately perked up. Was it possible? Smoky, fork-tender kalua pig in a fraction of the usual cooking time? Only one way to find out….



Whole30 Day 5: Slow Cooker Kalua Pig

Whole30 Day 11: Slow Cooker Kalua Pig

I lined the slow cooker with 3 slices of bacon…. Using fine salt? Use about half that amount. I plopped on the lid and cooked the roast on low for about 16 hours. Note: newer slow cookers are hotter and may only require hours on the low setting.

Whenever we go out for tacos, carnitas is our filling of choice. Toss well to coat. Then, transfer the seasoned pork to the Instant Pot insert. Use a vegetable peeler to peel wide strips of zest off the orange. Add the strips of orange zest to the Instant Pot, along with the garlic, quartered yellow onion, and bay leaf. Place the insert into the Instant Pot and lock the lid.

Instant Pot Magic Pork

You can make it ahead and freeze the leftovers for future taco nights, stir-fries, omelets, or hearty soups! This dish will amaze you with its high flavor to effort ratio. Magic Mushroom Powder is my go-to seasoning blend when I need to turn a basic protein or vegetable into a company-worthy dish—with zero heavy lifting required. Bonus: This pork is fantastic for leftover makeovers! I like to fry it crispy before adding it to tacos, salads, stir-fries, cauliflower fried rice, egg muffins, and frittatas. You can even use the leftover cooking liquid as a soup base—simply take off the fat cap after you chill it, dilute with more broth or water, and add your favorite veggies and leftover Instant Pot Magic Pork! No MMP?

Ninety-eight percent of the year, Henry and I are crazily juggling a bazillion things at once, but when we need to decompress, we grab the kids and decamp to Hawaii — our home away from home. Once or twice a year, we herd the family on a plane to Kauai or Maui, stock up on supplies at a local Costco , and exhale to the sounds of slack-key and ukulele on the radio. I love everything about the islands: The people, the pace, the climate, the beaches, the sunsets, the food. But foremost among the Hawaiian dishes I crave? Kalua pig.

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